A Snapshot Of FPI Registration And Reporting Obligations

Law360, New York (October 24, 2013, 1:58 PM EDT) -- Certain foreign companies that issue securities, or desire a secondary public trading market for their securities, in the United States face different registration and reporting requirements than U.S.-based issuers. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has developed a series of forms for registration statements and reports to be used by "foreign private issuers," or FPIs (discussed below), which are typically designated by "F."

Among the most important is Form 20-F because it contains items of disclosure and related instructions that apply to registration statements used by...
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